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Five vying to replace Loux at nuclear agency

Among the field of candidates to replace Bob Loux as executive director of the Nevada Nuclear Projects Agency are a former consumer advocate, a former mayor and an agency employee.

Five people who are vying for Loux’s long-held job will be interviewed Monday when the Nevada Commission on Nuclear Projects meets in Las Vegas. The commission, chaired by former Sen. Richard Bryan, will select three whose names will be sent to Gov. Jim Gibbons who will select Loux’s replacement.

The commission accepted Loux’s resignation Sept. 29 when he stepped down amid controversy over unauthorized pay raises. He agreed to continue to serve as the agency chief until Gibbons chooses his replacement.

Loux is scheduled to appear before the Nevada Commission on Ethics next month to hear a complaint against him alleging that he violated state law when he gave himself and other agency staffers unauthorized pay increases.

Before the salary manipulation was discovered by the state budget office in August, Loux was drawing a $151,542 annual salary, nearly 33 percent more than his authorized $114,088.

One of the candidates for his job, former Sparks Mayor Bruce Breslow, has appeared before the Ethics Commission before. Breslow was fined $1,000 in 2000 by the panel and ordered to reimburse the city of Sparks $3,190 for making personal calls on his city-owned cell phone.

Another candidate is Timothy Hay, a Northern Nevada lawyer who is a former consumer advocate, former member of the Nevada Public Utilities Commission and former chief deputy attorney general for the Bureau of Consumer Protection.

Susan Lynch, administrator of the Nuclear Projects Agency’s Technical Division, also applied for Loux’s job. She was drawing a $125,253 annual salary before staff salaries were rolled back after the increases were revealed.

Loux’s salary as well was rolled back to his 2006 budgeted amount of $104,497. Since then, he had been giving himself and other agency staffers unauthorized yearly pay increases of up to 16 percent.

Information on the other two applicants, Frederick McElroy and Keith Tierney, wasn’t immediately available Tuesday.

For 23 years, Loux led the state’s charge against federal plans to entomb nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain, 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Contact reporter Keith Rogers at krogers@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0308.

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